Although Lobuche east (6119m/ 20075ft) and Lobuche west (6145m/ 20161ft) are connected by a continuous ridge, there is a sharp gap and a considerable distance between them. The Lobuche Peak Climbing permit is for the east peak, while Lobuche west, well seen at the head of the Lobuche glacier requires an expedition permit. Lobuche is also spelled Loubuche on some maps. Lobuche Peak is an attractive summit offering a variety of existing routes and wide scope for new lines. Seen from near Pheriche the dark triangle of its rocky east face rises above the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to its icy skyline. This skyline forms the south ridge the junction of the east face with the glaciated southwest face and the line of the normal route of ascent. This in turn leads to the summit ridge running northwest from the top of the east face through several small summits to the east peak.